Fall is in the air! This is a PowerPoint with 75 autumn themed writing prompts. Each of the six prompt styles are designed to be simple while building up a writing skill: fiction, nonfiction, dialogue, word choice, connotation, and sensory details.
Slide Style Breakdown:
1. Fill in the Blank (15 prompts)
In this prompt, parts of the sentences are left blank, so students get to fill in the blanks with phrases, descriptions, and sensory details of their own.
2. Sentence Twister (12 prompts)
A lesson in the power of word choice and connotation, students get to swap the underline word in a sentence for a simile. This can take the sentence in a totally different direction! A "pie's smell" can quickly change to a "pie's stench" or a "pie's aroma."
3. Word Jumble (8 prompts)
With autumn themed words displayed in a colorful word cloud, this prompt is the most open ended. Students get to choose words to create their own sentences. This prompt is designed to encourage students to think about how word choice helps create a vivid scene.
4. Story Starter (15 prompts)
Students are given an autumn-themed fiction prompt with element of storytelling to work off of, such as a character, situation, or setting. The rest is up to their imagination.
5. True Life (16 prompts)
Students are given nonfictional prompts that encourage them to reflect on their own memories, conversations, and adventures that have taken place during autumn. Some of the prompts also ask students thier opinions on autumn-themed topics.
6. Dialogue (9 prompts)
A single line of dialogue is given. Dialogue immediately implies action, and when the dialogue is intriguing, interesting characters and situations. Dialogue spurs the questions that spin stories (Who's saying this? Where are they? Why are they talking about being lost?) which is why they're a personal favorite of mine for fictional prompts.
Each of these sections is listed and linked to in the PowerPoint's "Table of Contents" slide (pictured in thumbnail).
Ways to Use
• Ask for volunteers to read their sentences out loud (This is a lot of fun!).
• Let the students choose what kind of prompt the class should do that day.
• Use as warmups or tickets out the door.
• Have students save these in a literacy/writing journal. Let them continue their favorite entry at the end of the week.
Looking for more writing prompts? Here are two products I'm particularly proud of:
Winter Writing Prompts
Adventure Writing Prompts